Hurricane Matthew forces cancellation of Panthers-Lightning preseason game

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Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to hit Florida Thursday or Friday, has forced the cancellation of tomorrow’s preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers in Sunrise.

The cancellation, which was expected, was confirmed today by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

From the Miami Herald:

The Panthers could leave for their previously scheduled weekend trip to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, a little earlier than scheduled.

Florida plays the New Jersey Devils at West Point in its preseason finale on Saturday night.

As for the storm, here’s the latest from NBC News:

Thousands of Americans were headed for higher ground Wednesday as deadly Hurricane Matthew crawled across the Caribbean and toward the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

The storm is likely to bring high winds, heavy rain and storm surges to Florida on Thursday, before crawling its way up the coast toward Georgia and the Carolinas by Friday or Saturday.